The Selection Process
The Supreme Court Fellows Commission selects the fellows through a process that includes review of submitted materials and interviews of the finalists. The Commission, which consists of a panel of distinguished judges, lawyers, and professors selected by the Chief Justice, seeks outstanding applicants who are personable, discreet, trustworthy, and committed to serving the federal judiciary.
As a prestigious national program, the Supreme Court Fellowship has attracted first-rate candidates for more than 40 years. The process is highly competitive. This year, the process will include recent law school graduates and doctoral degree recipients. We are particularly interested in those candidates who are completing a judicial clerkship, are interested in pursuing an academic career or a career in public service, and wish to deepen their knowledge of the federal judicial system.
The fellows must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will be expected to perform well in demanding office environments that reward initiative, collegiality, discretion, and sound judgment. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and creative. Applicants must had a J.D. or other post-graduate degree to be eligible for consideration.
The Commission’s review of applications begins promptly after the filing deadline. In early January, the Commission will select a small group of finalists for interviews in Washington, D.C., on February 27-28, 2014. The Commission conducts the interviews in conjunction with the Supreme Court Fellows Program Alumni Association’s annual dinner. The finalists will be invited to attend the dinner and a panel discussion sponsored by the Alumni Association. The program will pay the finalists’ travel expenses in accordance with federal allowances. The finalists will be contacted on selection decisions within one to two weeks after the interviews.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowship year.
Applications must include the following:
- a candidate information form
- a résumé highlighting academic, professional and personal achievements
- an original research proposal on a legal topic of scholarly interest;
- two candidate evaluations directly to this address:
Supreme Court Fellows Program
Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, D.C. 20543
The application form provides additional details on the application requirements.